Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera ?

The camera screen stays black, and I can not see anything through viewfinder or on the screen. When I take pictures, they are completely black. Is the camera worthless now?


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Actually, the article concerning simple fixes for a stuck shutter is located here:\015\012
\015\012\015\012http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2009/05/simple-fix-for-stuck-shutter.html\015\012
\015\012And the Canon S series cameras are notorious for this problem. To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see the link for further info and a simple fix that may help.
It sounds like the CCD has gone bad, in which case, the camera is not getting repaired, since it sits on the main circuit board, and you would have to buy the entire board, plus pay the extensive labor. There may be a chance that the shutter is stuck closed, and you might try some suggestions I ran across on a web blog. The blog deals with error messages and lens assembly problems, so it's worth trying:
\015\012http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
\015\012Hope this helps.
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